Produce Application

Radix Farm

Owner: Debra Stansbery

Address:
2753 West Malaga Rd
Malaga, WA 98828
Chelan County

Web site: http://www.radixfarm.com

Application Date: 2015-02-12

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I believe in farming sustainably and responsibly and I would like my customers to know that as a farm I am being held to high standards. I also connect with work of this program being a collaborative non-profit working to support small farmers across the country.
Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
no
Have you ever been certified in the past? *
no
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
certified farmer

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
2
Number of above acreage that you own: *
5
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1
Fruit Crops:
1
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
3
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Please check all markets you grow for (this will be displayed on your farm profile to help potential buyers find you). *











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Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
The land has been fallow for 8 years and might need to be plowed once at the beginning of the season. I will practice minimal tillage techniques. Primarily tillage will be with walking tractor/tiller and hand tools.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Buckwheat, rye, vetch, field pea
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
For the first year of production I will purchase compost to apply on fields. As soon as possible, the farm will be able to produce compost to meet its seasonal needs.
Please list application rates. Give a specific amount or range (for example: one to two tons per acre, ten wheelbarrow loads per 1,000 square feet, or 1-2 inches deep). Do not answer "varies". *
1 ton per acre
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
On-farm from chickens, used sparingly
Please list application rates. Give a specific amount or range (for example: one to two tons per acre, ten wheelbarrow loads per 1,000 square feet, or 1-2 inches deep). Do not answer "varies". *
less than 1 inch deep
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
fall
Do you apply any non-composted Manure within 120 days of veg-crop harvesting? *
no
Please list any other brought in fertility sources that you use (specific rock powders, lime, soybean / alfalfa meal, specific purchased pre-mixes, etc)and how often it's used. If you indicate a name brand product, please also specify the ingredient/s. *
Anticipated fertility products for the fields are dolomite lime, rock phosphate, greensand, feathermeal, and/ or bloodmeal.
Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
no
Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
no
Do you use Professional Soil Testing services? *
yes
Describe your primary weed problems AND methods of control. Do not answer "none". You MUST indicate either actual weed challenges and/or LIKELY challenges, and you must ALSO indicate how you manage (or would manage) them. If you indicate a product, also specify how often it's used. *
Land has been fallow for at least 8 years. There is an unidentified ground cover that will be the primary weed pressure and will be best controlled by tilling. Another weed problem might be be Russian Thistle. This plant is less of a problem in high managed field systems and can be outcompeted by other plants in irrigated systems. Removal of plant debris and pulling of small plants will be the way to handle this weed.
Describe your primary insect challenges AND methods of control. Do not answer "none". You MUST indicate either actual pest challenges and/or LIKELY challenges, and you must ALSO indicate how you manage (or would manage) them. If you indicate a product, also specify how often it's used. *
Anticipated pest problems are flea beetles, squash bugs, aphids, cabbage looper, and leaf miners. Primary defense is row covers. Fields will be kept clean of debris to eliminate breeding grounds for pests and surrounding areas will be maintained to encourage beneficial insects and birds. Squash bugs and cabbage loopers will be manually removed and plants will be monitored. Bt spray may be used for cabbage loopers if the get to critical level. Damaged leaves from leaf miners will be removed and destroyed. Aphids will be sprayed with water first and then garlic spray or insecticidal soap is needed. Flea beetles will be managed with sticky traps and as a last resort, insecticidal soap. Neem oil may also be used if populations of soft bodied insects start to grow.
Describe your primary disease challenges AND methods of control. Do not answer "none". You MUST indicate either actual disease challenges and/or LIKELY challenges, and you must ALSO indicate how you manage (or would manage) them. If you indicate a product, also specify how often it's used. *
Our main practice for controlling disease is an 8 year crop rotation. An early disease to look out for will damping off in the greenhouse. Good ventilation and controlled watering are methods to prevent this disease. Once the temperatures increase outside we will probably see powdery and/or downey mildew. First line of defense for this is to plant resistant and hardy varieties of vegetables. Air circulation between plants, morning watering, and removal of diseased material are cultural practices to limit the spread. Wilt, including Fusarium and Verticillium can also be prevented by planting resistant cultivars and maintaining good air circulation between plants. Removal of diseased material is the main line of defense. Actiinovate is used to control a fungus outbreak if preventative measures no longer work. It may be used as a soil drench at planting time to prevent Wilt but will mostly be used as a foliar spray, applied no more that once every 7 days. Mosaic virus may also come up. Again, planting disease resistant cultivars is one way to protect our crops from this disease, along with controlling pests like aphids and leaf hoppers that can spread the disease.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
surface water from Lockwood Canaday Irrigation District Stemilt-Squilchuck watershed and Columbia River
Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
no
Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
no

Seeds, Transplants and Buffers

Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
no
Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
no
Do you grow your own transplants? *
yes
Are they grown using Naturally Grown/Organic methods? *
yes
If they're not grown according to CNG methods, please list them here. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown. (If they are, put "N/A") *
n/a
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
no
Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
no
Do you have an adequate buffer to protect yourself from potential contamination? *
yes
Please describe your buffer. Be as specific as possible. On all sides, how far is it from your crops to the next closest use (road, conventional crop, residential yard)? Be sure to specify what is grown on neighboring land that is in agricultural use. For example: To the north and east, a wooded area of at least 100 yards separates us from the neighbor's corn fields, to the south is a fallow field at least 100 yards deep separating us from the road, and to the west about 60 feet separates our crops from a field where conventional corn and soybeans are grown. *
North: Road and residential homes East: Residential home with pasture South: 100 yards sagebrush hillside, hobby cherry orchard West: Road and residential home with pasture

Agreements

Please indicate your agreement with the following statements by checking the boxes.
I will not label, or in any way lead consumers to believe that produce not raised in accord with CNG standards is Certified Naturally GrownTM. *
I understand that I have to complete at least one (and hopefully more) Certification Inspection(s) of another farm in my area each year, and that the inspection will NOT be of the same farmer that inspected me. *
I have reviewed the Certified Naturally Grown certification standards, I understand them, and I will abide by them. I understand that if I have any questions I may contact CNG for clarification. *
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